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Arsis: Starve for the Devil
Technical Melodic Death Metal
Nuclear Blast Records
February 9th, 2010
Release length: 40:44
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Starve For The Devil by Arsis is easily one of the year’s most unexpected surprises as far as new, original music goes. Making this the band’s fourth full length release since their 2004 debut album, A Celebration Of Guilt, the band’s past two efforts have not quite lived up to their fans expectations, leaving many to sit and wonder what would be in store for them with Starve For The Devil, or even if they were going to put up the money to buy this the day it drops, if at all. But, with this release, e find Arsis bringing a very Thrash sound to the mix, and for the first time in nearly six years, have put together an album that is absolutely punishing from start to finish.

While keeping the band’s Technical Melodic Death styles, the band incorporates a heavy Thrash influence into their music in the vein of something you would hear off an album from the early 80’s. There’s plenty of amazing tracks on here that are intense, while still retaining that signature melodic sound the band has become known for, but pushed very hard this time. For example, the first track, “Forced to Rock”, is an all out metal assault that would remind listeners of later-era Carcass, and is easily one of the heavier tracks on the release. Other then that, many of the tracks on here have their own little kick ass element to them. “Closer to Cold” has a very haunting little guitar hook to it that is much higher in pitch then the rest of the guitars that just works wonders for it during the chorus and closing of the track, and “Escape Artist” is just a flat out in-your-face Thrash fused track that will make you want to start moshing wherever you may be.

This isn’t to say that there are still some tracks on here that, over time, will wear thin on the listener. “Beyond Forlorn” is a decent song, but it’s just an amped up version of a very generic song that simply doesn’t stack up against tracks like “Forced to Rock” and “Escape Artist”. The change up used near the end of the song is also rather boring and doesn’t really do much for the song except drag it down a bit more and make it the only track on here that really is not all that appealing. Then you also have “Half Past Corpse o’Clock” which is a strong song in every aspect but the chorus, which slows the song down considerably for only one line of vocals, then picks up speed and and repeat, with various other speed change ups throughout the song, as well as what sounds like a breakdown going on during the guitar solo.

Easily one of the group’s best efforts, Starve For The Devil is an amazing album that fans will swarm in to get. While this release is not perfect, it still holds plenty of fast paced and simply heavy tracks to keep any Metal fan happy for a good while. Hopefully, Starve For The Devil is not just some sort of fluke release, as this intense release shows a lot of promise for the band if they continue along the path of this musical change. Hopefully, if they continue to create such hard hitting tracks as those on this release, we’ll see more and better things from this band in the near future.

01. Forced to Rock – 2:56
02. A March for the Sick – 4:23
03. From Soulless to Shattered (Art in Dying) – 4:27
04. Beyond Forlorn – 4:01
05. The Ten of Swords – 3:44
06. Closer to Cold – 5:08
07. Sick Perfection – 3:55
08. Half Past Corpse O’Clock – 4:12
09. Escape Artist – 4:22
10. Sable Rising – 3:36
Overall Score: 8/10


Digital review copy of this release provided by Nuclear Blast Records.